It is often easy to stick to your healthy eating lifestyle throughout the day, but come 3 o’clock many people suffer with a bit of an energy slump. During this slump, we crave something sweet to help boost us up! While it may be easy to resort to the vending machine chocolate bars or cookies, having some homemade snacks on hand are so much more nutrient-dense, delicious and fresh. The added bonus is that they contain none of those harmful chemicals or artificial nasties.

The health world has fallen in love with Bliss Balls. These little bundles of goodness are packed full of healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates from fruits and are often raw, vegan, dairy free and gluten free. This makes them easily enjoyed by those who follow very diverse lifestyles; from paleo to vegan diets, Bliss Balls are staples, and the perfect snack to keep you going until dinnertime.

I’d love to share with you my most recent Bliss Ball Recipe. Date, Cacao and Coconut Truffles

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of gluten-free oats
  • ¼ cup of almonds (preferably activated)
  • ¼ cup of walnuts (preferably activated)
  • 4 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 teaspoons of brown rice malt syrup or pure maple syrup
  • 1 cup of pitted dates (fresh or dried) – ¼ cup of dried organic figs
  • 1 tablespoon of oil-free, organic sultanas
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla bean extract
  • 1 scoop of protein powder (optional: I use a 100% Pure Pea Protein)
  • Enough water to make the mixture “stick”
  • Extra coconut to coat the truffles (optional)

To make

  • In a processor, place the oats, nuts, cacao, cinnamon, psyllium husk, protein powder (if you are using it) and coconut. Process on high until the mixture is a crumbly texture.
  • Add in the rice malt syrup, dates, sultanas, figs and vanilla extract. Pulse until the mixture is quite smooth and well combined.
  • With the processor still running, slowly add water until the mixture becomes wet enough to stick together when pressed between your fingers.
  • Roll into bite size balls and coat in more coconut. Repeat until all the mixture is used up.
  • Store in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 1 week.
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